Christopher Crockett

Gabrielle LaTora

Master's Student


Gabrielle was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where she earned a B.S. in biology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She discovered entomology while working part-time in Dr. Karen Kester’s Insect Behavior and Ecology Lab. After graduating in 2013, she worked on a small-scale, diversified, organic vegetable farm, sparking her interest in IPM and diversified farmscapes. She helped digitize a moth collection for the Virginia Natural Heritage Program in 2015 and accepted an internship at Archbold Biological Station in Venus, Florida, in 2016, digitizing their massive invertebrate collection under the auspice of Dr. Mark Deyrup. In 2017, she helped build the James River NWR’s first invertebrate collection in Charles City Co., VA., pinning over 1000 specimens. She will be working with Spotted-Wing Drosophila in the UF Small Fruit and Vegetable IPM Lab, potentially examining the role of gut microbiota in host fruit selection.

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